Foothills playground gets total makeover

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After four months of closure, a popular community park has reopened to the public.

The Foothills Park playground, 1042 Riddlewood Road, near Eldorado Elementary School, is no longer an aged wooden structure. The vibrant play place, in hues of forest green and bright orange, has climbing equipment, swings, sensory panels for mental stimulation, a giant sandbox and more.

The Highlands Ranch Metro District replaces one community park per year using funds from its Major Repair Fund. After a 16-year run, the Foothills playground was next in line. The replacement project cost $160,000, according to metro district staff. That covered demolition of the old playground, installation of all new playground equipment, new surface materials and project contingency.

On April 4, three days after the playground officially reopened, a handful of children explored the new features. Parents joined in or observed from a nearby park bench.

“I love it,” Emily Hopkins said as her 2-year-old son kept busy with an interactive, touch-and-play guitar panel.

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